How much does it cost to install a hitch?
A professional hitch installation can cost anywhere from $50 to over $250, depending on the labor rates of the automotive shop and the difficulty of the installation. Some hitch installations are more intensive than others, increasing the cost as more time is required.
How long does a hitch installation take?
Hitch installation can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours or more, depending on the level of expertise of the installer, the tools being used, the condition of the vehicle and so on. For a helpful guideline, check the installation instructions for your specific hitch.
Will installing a trailer hitch void my warranty?
Installing a trailer hitch will not void a vehicle’s warranty. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, passed by Congress in 1975, ensures that consumers can install aftermarket parts without the fear of voiding their warranty. One stipulation is that the installation must be done properly. An improper installation will not be covered (e.g. bolt holes drilled too close together, different hardware used, etc).
Learn more on the Federal Trade Commission website.
How do you attach a trailer hitch?
To attach a trailer hitch to a vehicle, have a friend help you lift the hitch into position. If you don’t have a helper, you can hang the hitch from the vehicle frame, using a length of wire or rope. With the hitch suspended, begin to thread the mounting bolts until the hitch can remain in place without assistance. Then, torque the bolts to the correct values.